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Practice One - Red Bull out front as Hamilton crashes 08 Oct 2010

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, 24 July 2010 Hamilton runs wide through the gravel at Turn 9, but cannot get the car back in line before hitting the tyre wall Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/25 crashed in the first practice session
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 8 October 2010 Alguersuari takes the scenic route

Red Bull began their weekend at Suzuka the way they hope to end it, with both cars up front in Friday morning's opening practice courtesy of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. The two title contenders were separated by just 0.048s, with the German lapping in 1m 32.585s, the Australian in 1m 32.633s.

Robert Kubica was in terrific form for Renault with third fastest time of 1m 33.129s, while Adrian Sutil staked a claim for Force India with 1m 33.639s.

It was a pretty disastrous morning for McLaren. Lewis Hamilton lapped in 1m 33.643s to set what was the fastest time after half an hour, but then ran wide and got dragged off the road and into suspension-wrecking contact with the tyre wall in Turn 9, Degner 2. Later, Jenson Button ran wide in Degner 1 and then had a glorious oversteer slide while trying to recover from that which took him all the way through Degner 2. He bounced his McLaren pretty badly over the kerbs in the process, so there’s plenty of work going on in that garage in readiness for this afternoon. The fact that Hamilton’s time stood up for fifth overall, however, was a source of encouragement.

Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg put smiles on Williams faces with sixth and seventh fastest times of 1m 33.677s and 1m 33.707s, while Michael Schumacher was Mercedes GP’s faster runner with 1m 33.739s ahead of BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld on 1m 33.791s and Nico Rosberg on 1m 33.831s in the second Mercedes. Felipe Massa just missed the top 10 for Ferrari with 1m 33.929s, while team mate Fernando Alonso was 13th on 1m 34.169s. Between them, Button’s 1m 34.042s left the reigning champion 12th.

Kamui Kobayashi was 14th for BMW Sauber in his homeland, lapping in 1m 34.271s, ahead of Vitaly Petrov on 1m 34.373s in the second Renault and Tonio Liuzzi on 1m 34.379s in the second Force India. Sebastien Buemi was one of several drivers to run out of road, on his way to 1m 34.991s for Toro Rosso, but team mate Jaime Alguersuari won the prize for off-road exploration with four separate incidents in the sister car, the Spaniard finally recording a best of 1m 35.684s.

Heikki Kovalainen led the new teams with 1m 36.949s for Lotus, with Timo Glock next for Virgin on 1m 37.329s ahead of Jarno Trulli on 1m 37.388s for Lotus and Virgin rookie Jerome D’Ambrosio, who again did a solid job with 1m 37.778s.

At the back, Bruno Senna was HRT’s faster runner on 1m 38.814s as Sakon Yamamoto couldn’t better 1m 39.443s.

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